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Saturday 14 September, 2:00pm


Talk 2:00pm, ends 3:00pm, no interval

Tickets £10 / £8 (under 25)


Philip Pullen, presenter


Philip Larkin: ‘the writer who draws’

Philip Larkin remains one of the most renowned poets of the 20th Century. In a broader sense he was also a prolific writer of letters, book reviews, articles about jazz and, within the confines of his day job as a university librarian, a great deal of administrative correspondence and papers. What is less appreciated is that Larkin’s written work contains vast amounts of drawings and doodles which, in themselves, represent another fascinating dimension of Larkin’s artistic skill. 

In this illustrated talk, Philip Pullen explores the way in which the poet’s use of drawings, sketches and doodles reveals aspects of his personality, his relationship with the key people in his life and, above all, his creative genius.


Philip Pullen is a trustee of The Philip Larkin Society and Chair of Larkin100, a charitable organisation set up to promote and coordinate the Larkin centenary in 2022. He is a Larkin writer and researcher and has an intimate knowledge of the Larkin Archive at the Hull History Centre. Born and brought up in Coventry, his research interests and publications have focused on Larkin’s family life and in particular the relationship he had with his mother, Eva Larkin. He is currently working as co-editor for a book featuring Larkin’s drawings, planned for publication in early 2025.